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Some restaurants are serving sweet potato fries instead of regular french fries. How do their nutritional values compare?

Some restaurants are serving sweet potato fries instead of regular french fries. How do their nutritional values compare?

Processed food - meh: Doubtful if fresh cut. Processed food is all about additives and salt. Both potatoes and sweets have nutrients. Balanced diet is key. Don't make a habit of all brown meals. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more


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Can people usually ask for the nutrition facts when they go to fast food restaurants when they ask for the menus?

Can people usually ask for the nutrition facts when they go to fast food restaurants when they ask for the menus?

Not so much: When going to "fast food" restaurants, people are often in too much of a hurry to ask about nutrition facts before buying and gobbling. More and more such restaurants are posting this information, though -- so you can look it up online before going. In some cases it's right on each item on the menu when you get there. ...Read more

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Am type1diabetic, hv tried to find app that shows diff. Restaurants w/nutrition info since count carbs (religiously!); help w/ spec. App=restaur.=crbs?

Am type1diabetic, hv tried to find app that shows diff. Restaurants w/nutrition info since count carbs (religiously!); help w/ spec. App=restaur.=crbs?

Local Problem: I do not believe that mississippi forces restaurants to display and supply their nutrition information like other states do. But that would be a local matter that those of us on health tap cannot provide. ...Read more

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Why can a restaurant buffet be a risk?

Why can a restaurant buffet be a risk?

Lots of people: More risky than food sitting around under hot lamps is many people handling the food, most without sanitizing their hands. It is always a good idea to take a scoop of the potato casserole from the new batch than scooping out the last remnants of the old one. ...Read more

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What's one of the dirtiest things in a restaurant?

What's one of the dirtiest things in a restaurant?

Many items: Some customers notoriously do not wash their hands often, even after using the bathroom. Bathroom faucets, soap dispensers, towel dispensers, door handles carry many germs. Use paper towel to turn off water & open door to leave. Condiment dispensers & menus are infrequently sanitized; so carry hand sanitizer with you to prevent transferring others' germs to your mouth/food. [more in comment]. ...Read more

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What are healthy options for my kids on kids restaurant menus?

What are healthy options for my kids on kids restaurant menus?

Non-fried foods: Restaurant foods are often not made to be healthy but are made to taste good so customers will return. That means restaurant foods will have more oil, more salt, or more sugar than home-made foods. Grilled chicken breast is good, but usually the menu item is fried chicken strips. Spaghetti with red sauce is ok, unless the sauce is too oily. A hamburger without mayo; with steamed veggies is ok. ...Read more

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Which is better health-wise: eating at a restaurant or at home?

Which is better health-wise: eating at a restaurant or at home?

Home: I will generalize for a moment, but eating at home is far healthier than out. The food industry creates processed foods with textures, flavors, smells and colors to stimulate pleasurable senses. However, the result of this is generally poor nutrition with high levels of fat, salt and sugar. ...Read more

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Help please. When I go out to eat at restaurants, what are the healthiest things I can order?

Help please. When I go out to eat at restaurants, what are the healthiest things I can order?

Not much: Restaurants are very sensitive to the tastes of their customers and want them to come back. So they load their food with salt and fat which significantly adds to the taste - and isn't that why you went there? A few places will describe the "healthy" or heat friendly nature of some items - but these should be ordered with caution. The best health food is at home under your control. ...Read more

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If I need to use restroom on bus trip, should I wait till at restaurant or station or go on bus?

If I need to use restroom on bus trip, should I wait till at restaurant or station or go on bus?

Bus, why not?: As a urologist, I always recommend frequent voiding to prevent urinary infections and promote bladder health.

Although many people despise public toilets, especially those that do not flush, the actual transmission of disease is exceedingly rare as long as you take care to clean your hands by washing, using cleansing gels, or wipes. ...Read more

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What makes mcdonalds food so unhealthy? What's the difference between their burgers, and the average burger you cook at home, or other restaurants?

What makes mcdonalds food so unhealthy? What's the difference between their burgers, and the average burger you cook at home, or other restaurants?

Fat and salt: Fast foods, mcdonalds and others are often high in saturated fats and salt, both of which are not healthy. The same may be true of burgers cooked at home and in restaurants, depending on the quality of meat and cooking process. ...Read more

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Why don't restaurants have smoking sections anymore?

Why don't restaurants have smoking sections anymore?

Smoking is bad.: Second hand smoke is dangerous to those exposed. In light of this, some restaurants have prohibited smoking altogether. Smoke from the smoking sections can of course waft to other parts of the restaurant. ...Read more

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Is prepackage food healthy or restaurant or home meals?

Is prepackage food healthy or restaurant or home meals?

Home meals healthy: Meals prepared properly at home are probably the most healthy you can regulate how much salt, fats and other ingredients go into your meals. You also choose the ways they are prepared and the proportion sides you want. So it would be best if possible to prepare your own meals at home. ...Read more

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What are some healthy choices when eating out at restaurants?

What are some healthy choices when eating out at restaurants?

A protein and fiber: A protein relatively void of saturated fat such as fish or lean meat, along with a high fiber vegetable is a fairly healthy combination for a meal. The protein slows gastric emptying making you feel full longer and the fibrous vegetable pushes the nutrients to the lower small intestine releasing other hormones that fills you up and decreases the absorption of bad fats. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take little kids to ethnic restaurants with spicey foods?

Is it ok to take little kids to ethnic restaurants with spicey foods?

Yes: Yes, why not? Educate them. Introduce them to new cultures and foods. If spiciness is a concern, ask the waiter to make it mild for the kids. I'm not sure what you're really asking. ...Read more

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What can consumers do when they eat in restaurants to prevent food borne illnesses?

What can consumers do when they eat in restaurants to prevent food borne illnesses?

Wash, eat well-done: Some can't be prevented: food handler doesn't wash after bathroom, if restaurant doesn't follow health rules. Nyc has health grades (a, b, c, "grade pending", closed), posted on the window, near the door; not a bad idea.
Assuming the place is clean, eating undercooked food is the best way to increase risk. Rare steak ok-outside cooked, rare inside is sterile. Rare burger can't tell where it was. ...Read more

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Why were alfalfa sprouts yanked from a lot of markets and restaurants? I loved them.

Why were alfalfa sprouts yanked from a lot of markets and restaurants? I loved them.

Contamination: There have been problems with salmonella and listeria food poisoning, unfortunately. The same moist, warm conditions you need to grow sprouts can be similarly luscious for bacteria to grow too. You can grow your own at home, but be very careful to keep things clean. . ...Read more

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Any suggestions for avoiding sodium in restaurants, other than "hold the salt & seasoning"?

Any suggestions for avoiding sodium in restaurants, other than "hold the salt & seasoning"?

Good Luck with That: The western diet relies heavily on salt for seasoning. And restaurants don't hold back at all.
Try this:
1. Never eat from the bread basket (breads, cakes, pancakes, etc. Are full of salt).
2. Avoid creamy, cheesy sauces.
3. Avoid restaurants that use pre-prepared starters (usually your chains, diners)
4. Avoid smoked meats and deli cuts.
5. No salad dressings (usae oil and vinegar). ...Read more

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Why am I always cold when everyone else in the same room is not? Restaurants, meeting rooms, etc.

Why am I always cold when everyone else in the same room is not? Restaurants, meeting rooms, etc.

I am not sure: There are certain conditions, such as thyroid disorders, that may cause this. See a dr. And get an exam with some testing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I hate to go to restaurants I stay days before going thinking about it But I should go. What to do?

I hate to go to restaurants I stay days before going thinking about it But I should go. What to do?

Why go?: You don't sat why you hate to go to restaurants. However, in general most restaurant food is not nearly as healthy as a well-prepared home-cooked meal.
I don't know why you feel you should go. It is not necessary to go to restaurants (though of course it can be a social activity). If you explain more why you hate it I might be able to give better advice but for now I say if you hate it don't go! ...Read more

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Always order ahi tuna when at restaurant - few times a month. Can mercury in that amount be harmful?

Maybe: how much?: Depends on whether you're eating ahi steaks or sushi. Estimate the ounces you eat and your weight. Check out the tuna calculator at environmental working group website
www. Ewg/tunacalculator. ...Read more

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I sat on a wet chair in a restaurant. Is it possible to get syphilis from sitting on a wet seat? (wet substance unknown).

I sat on a wet chair in a restaurant. Is it possible to get syphilis from sitting on a wet seat? (wet substance unknown).

Why do you ask?: No. Syphilis is caught from direct contact to the primary lesion known as a chancre, or semen or blood direct to your skin. Some people can or have been known to get syphilis from saliva when there is a primary lesion in the mouth of an infected human. But, sitting any any fluid will not give you any std, let alone syphilis. ...Read more

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I work in a restaurant and my coworker has mange. Am I susceptable to this and what can I do if they are not being treated for it?

I work in a restaurant and my coworker has mange. Am I susceptable to this and what can I do if they are not being treated for it?

Scabies: When you say "mange", you are referring to the scabies mite. This mite is highly contagious. You are susceptible to getting infested with this with any contact with the skin or clothing of this person. You should notify your supervisor of the situation and have them help to deal with this. This is a public health issue. If you contract this, you can be treated. Symptoms can last for a while. ...Read more